Discovery and BBC end partnership

October 9, 2013 14.37 Europe/London By By Robert Briel, MIPCOM 2013, Cannes

Discovery and the BBC have announced that their longstanding partnership is coming to an end, by mutual agreement.

Over the years, the partnership has produced widely acclaimed global programming events such as Life, Frozen Planet, Blue Planet and Wonders of the Solar System.

Although the formal relationship is coming to an end, the BBC and Discovery will continue to work together on a number of forthcoming projects, including Hidden Kingdom, Survival and How to Build a Planet.

“As Discovery’s global audiences continue to flourish, they demand the very best science and natural history programming. This is taking us in exciting, new directions, creating these essential shows for numerous cutting edge platforms,” said Andrew Jackson, EVP, production and development, landmark series and specials, Discovery, in a statement.

“We look forward to working with the many talented production companies around the world, including the BBC, with whom we have enjoyed a long and successful relationship.”

“The BBC and Discovery have enjoyed a longstanding and successful relationship and although this phase of our partnership is now coming to an end, we look forward to working together on a number of projects in the future,” added Bal Samra, commercial director, BBC.

“Science and Natural History programmes have always been a core part of the BBC’s DNA and we have ambitious plans for the future with an exciting range of new content in the pipeline. International demand for our content has never been higher and we continue to enjoy a collaborative and fruitful relationship with a wide range of co-producers.”